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Las Vegas Children's Writer Wins Two Prestigious Awards

Las Vegas children's book writer C.A. Hartnell recently won awards from two prestigious organizations for her work. Her four-book series set in the 1950s earned a Mom's Choice® Silver Award. The series includes the titles Scary Spring, Sinister Summer, Ferocious Fall and Wild Winter. One of the books in the series, Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, also was awarded a Moonbeam Children's Book Award in the preteen e-book fiction category. Hartnell lives and writes in Las Vegas and focuses much of her writing on the 1950s and the important cultural and historical events of the period. Most of her readers are children from ages eight to eleven and their parents and grandparents.

The Mom's Choice® award program evaluates products and services created for children and families. It is globally recognized for establishing a benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Based in the United States, the program reviews thousands of entries from more than 40 countries each year. The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards honor the year's best children's books. The contest is open to all authors, illustrators and publishers of children's books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market.

Hartnell is a Baby Boomer who grew up in the 1950s. She remembers the time as being fun and magical but also challenging. "In my books, I tell stories that take kids through the past to teach them about courage, perseverance, friendship and fun. I'm very honored to have received the Mom's Choice® and the Moonbeam Children's Book Award for my work. It's my hope that my books will provide a way for kids and adults to engage and connect through reading. Winning these awards is not only a great honor, it's an important step towards making that kind of communication happen."


C.A. Hartnell writes award-winning historical fiction for children. Her latest series of four books is set in the 1950s and includes stories about polio, patriotism, diners, Route 66 and rock ‘n' roll. She is a member of four writers' organizations and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hartnell is also the proud owner of Hawksride, a 1937 chopped-top, flame-painted and carefully restored Ford hot rod, which she uses to promote her books. More information about Hartnell and her books is available at

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